St. David's Georgetown Hospital Grows in Critical Care Capabilities

GEORGETOWN, Texas—St. David’s Georgetown Hospital announced today that it has expanded its critical care and pulmonology services by adding an additional physician as a result of a steady increase in patients requiring a higher level of care. In the first nine months of 2012, St. David’s Georgetown Hospital’s critical care admissions were 21 percent greater than the same period last year.


“Our critical care capabilities have greatly improved over the last several years, and that is a testament to our dedication to recruit exceptional physicians and raise the level of care this hospital provides to the community,” Hugh Brown, chief executive officer of St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, said. “Our goal is to ensure the residents of this community are confident that they can come to our hospital no matter what their medical need may be.”


Since 2010, St. David’s Georgetown Hospital has been—and still is—the only hospital in the region to offer bronchial thermoplasty, the only therapeutic treatment available for severe asthma, and CryoSpray Ablation, a unique treatment for airway tumors. Because of these advanced care capabilities, many patients travel from outside of Georgetown to see the hospital’s two interventional pulmonologists, Dr. Dominic de Keratry and Dr. Esther Fields.


“We have seen a great and growing response to the services we offer in Georgetown, and we recognized that Georgetown needed a third full-time pulmonology and critical care subspecialist,” Dr. de Keratry said.


As a result of the growth, Drs. de Keratry and Fields recently welcomed Dr. Matthew Lester to their practice. Dr. Lester completed his internal medicine residency, as well as his pulmonary and critical care fellowship, at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.


“Dr. Lester is a perfect complement to our practice,” Dr. de Keratry said. “As physicians, we want to help as many people as we can. The addition of Dr. Lester gives us a greater capacity to treat patients with severe asthma and other pulmonary conditions.”


For more information about the critical care and interventional pulmonology capabilities at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, visit, or call (512) 943-3000.


St. David’s Georgetown Hospital

St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, located in Georgetown at 2000 Scenic Drive, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in January 2012. St. David’s Georgetown Hospital offers a range of services, including a 24-hour emergency department with a level IV trauma center; Certified Chest Pain Center; inpatient and outpatient surgery; advanced pulmonary intervention; critical care capabilities; acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation; and maternity and newborn services with mother-baby couplet care close to home for Georgetown families. St. David’s Georgetown Hospital is a St. David’s Medical Center facility. For more information, please visit

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